‘Passive’ use or ‘aquatic development’ posed for seaside King Harbor Lagoon

by Garth Meyer

Phase two of a city effort to revitalize amenities in King Harbor continued on Monday evening with sketches presented to the public on the potential changes.

Landscape architecture firm SWA Group of Los Angeles pitched the ideas, inspired by feedback from Redondo Beach residents at a virtual meeting in December and pop-up booths.

For Seaside Lagoon, noting it as “the civic heart of King Harbor”, SWA’s Jeremy Klemic showed two main approaches, a more “passive” open public lawn next to a smaller lagoon; and a second “aquatic development” with water jets, wave pool and lap pool – also part of a smaller lagoon with an adjacent public lawn for year-round use. Each option provides a direct path to the waterfront and a possible bandshell.

For the enclosed sport fishing pier, SWA showed a neat structure, with “dining and docking” areas for small and large craft and fishing spots. The first part elicited positive comments from the audience, while the second, questions.

“The more I see this, the more I think sport fishing should be taken out,” Nora Wills said.

A man agreed later.

“Fishing and motorboats don’t mix at all,” he said.

The designs for a public boat launch and dinghy dock have been met with some skepticism.

“Looks like a lot of concrete jungle,” an audience member wrote in the chat box.

SWA’s more ‘passive’ idea for Seaside Lagoon shows a reduced lagoon next to a large public lawn with a direct path to the waterfront. Drawing courtesy of SWA Group, Los Angeles.

The idea of ​​“aquatic development” put forward by SWA shows a lap pool on the far left and a bandshell in the center at the bottom of the green space on the right. Drawing courtesy of SWA Group, Los Angeles.For Moonstone Park, SWA showed three options; an upgraded existing park, a smaller park with the expanded Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club next door; and a minimal park with dry boat storage.

The upgraded existing stock option was prominent in the comments.

“Our goal is not to create less green space,” said Moses Rambler, president of the Lanakila Outrigger Club, noting that they were simply looking for slightly wider water access. “With a little more space, we can get more people to use the (stabilizer hand throw).”

A member of the public came up with the idea of ​​expanding Moonstone Park – bringing it to the northern edge of the spit, removing a section of the parking lot.

Another resident suggested moving the Outrigger Speedboat to Mole C.

The moles are the man-made literate landmasses in King Harbor – from mole A at the north end (King Harbor Yacht Club) to mole D at the south end by the international boardwalk.

For the promenade, no major changes were shown by SWA, other than the renovation of the toilets, the modernization of the sea level rise and the addition of greenery. Audience feedback included requests for mini amphitheatres, busking (street music performance), to bring back the arcade, and to add a carousel.

While the King Harbor Amenities Plan focuses on the seven main features above, Seaside Lagoon is the most immediate.

Brandy Forbes, director of community development, pointed out that improving the place is a current project of the city, with a budget in the works and preparations underway to launch a request for proposals. SWA’s work will be integrated into it.

Then, for the port equipment plan, SWA will propose a complete project for each feature, invite comments and organize another community meeting in April.

Further comments on Monday’s presentation can be given to [email protected]. Emergencies

Sara H. Byrd